The Vortex Pinnacle Dungeon Guide

Last updated on May 18, 2024 at 00:00 by Abide

The Vortex Pinnacle is an airborne citadel located high above Uldum in the clouds, where players navigate through swirling winds and dangerous platforms to deal with the deadly elemental threats found within.

1.

The Vortex Pinnacle Entrance Location

The Vortex Pinnacle is located on the far Southern side of Uldum, on a floating platform in the middle of the air.

2.

Overview of Bosses in The Vortex Pinnacle

Here we will give you a full rundown of what you can expect from each of the bosses found here on both Normal and Heroic difficulties as well as the items they drop.

2.1.

Grand Vizier Ertan

  • Grand Vizier Ertan Cyclone Shield Icon Cyclone Shield
  • Storm's Edge Icon Storm's Edge
  • Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt
  • Summon Tempest Icon Summon Tempest
    • Lurking Tempest

Grand Vizier Ertan starts the fight by casting Cyclone Shield Icon Cyclone Shield, creating 8 cyclones around her that spread out around the room. She can then recall these cyclones, pulling them in around herself, damaging any nearby enemies and reducing their movement, attack, and cast speed. Grand Vizier Ertan will also periodically summon a Lurking Tempest to aid her in combat; these can be ignored by simply facing your character towards them as they will always "play dead" if somebody is looking at them.

2.1.1.

Loot from Normal

Item Required Level Item Type
Biting Wind Icon Biting Wind 81 Main-Hand Dagger
Fallen Snow Shoulderguards Icon Fallen Snow Shoulderguards 81 Mail Shoulder
Headcover of Fog Icon Headcover of Fog 81 Plate Head
Red Sky Pendant Icon Red Sky Pendant 81 Neck
Stratosphere Belt Icon Stratosphere Belt 81 Cloth Waist
2.1.2.

Loot from Heroic

Item Required Level Item Type
Biting Wind Icon Biting Wind 85 Main-Hand Dagger
Fallen Snow Shoulderguards Icon Fallen Snow Shoulderguards 85 Mail Shoulder
Headcover of Fog Icon Headcover of Fog 85 Plate Head
Red Sky Pendant Icon Red Sky Pendant 85 Neck
Stratosphere Belt Icon Stratosphere Belt 85 Cloth Waist
2.2.

Altairus

  • Altairus Call the Wind Icon Call the Wind
    • Upwind of Altairus Icon Upwind of Altairus
    • Downwind of Altairus Icon Downwind of Altairus
  • Chilling Breath Icon Chilling Breath
  • Lightning Blast Icon Lightning Blast
  • Twisting Winds Icon Twisting Winds

As soon as Altairus is engaged he will cover the platform with Twisting Winds Icon Twisting Winds, damaging and knocking up any players that touch them. He will target random players with Chilling Breath Icon Chilling Breath, dealing high Frost damage to the target and any nearby allies; be spread out for this. The main ability Altairus will use is Call the Wind Icon Call the Wind, changing the direction from which the wind blows. Depending on which direction the new wind blows, and the relevant position of both the player and Altairus, you will get a buff or debuff. If the new winds blows over the player before reaching Altairus, they will get Upwind of Altairus Icon Upwind of Altairus; however if the wins blow over Altairus before the player, they will get debuffed with Downwind of Altairus Icon Downwind of Altairus.

2.2.1.

Loot from Normal

Item Required Level Item Type
Amulet of Tender Breath Icon Amulet of Tender Breath 81 Neck
Axe of the Eclipse Icon Axe of the Eclipse 81 One-Hand Axe
Hail-Strung Belt Icon Hail-Strung Belt 81 Mail Waist
Mantle of Bestilled Winds Icon Mantle of Bestilled Winds 81 Leather Shoulder
Skyshard Ring Icon Skyshard Ring 81 Finger
Reins of the Drake of the North Wind Icon Reins of the Drake of the North Wind 70 Flying Mount
2.2.2.

Loot from Heroic

Item Required Level Item Type
Amulet of Tender Breath Icon Amulet of Tender Breath 85 Neck
Axe of the Eclipse Icon Axe of the Eclipse 85 One-Hand Axe
Hail-Strung Belt Icon Hail-Strung Belt 85 Mail Waist
Mantle of Bestilled Winds Icon Mantle of Bestilled Winds 85 Leather Shoulder
Skyshard Ring Icon Skyshard Ring 85 Finger
Reins of the Drake of the North Wind Icon Reins of the Drake of the North Wind 70 Flying Mount
2.3.

Asaad

  • Asaad Unstable Grounding Field Icon Unstable Grounding Field
  • Supremacy of the Storm Icon Supremacy of the Storm
  • Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning
  • Skyfall Star
    • Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage
  • Static Cling Icon Static Cling

Asaad will periodically summon a Skyfall Star to aid him in the fight; this Skyfall Star will cast back-to-back Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage on random players, dealing high DPS. Simply have your ranged DPS kill these stars quickly to prevent them from overwhelming your healer. Asaad will also cast Static Cling Icon Static Cling, rooting all players touching the ground in place for 18 seconds; to avoid this root, you must jump right before the Static Cling Icon Static Cling cast ends. A few times during the fight, Asaad will cast Unstable Grounding Field Icon Unstable Grounding Field, drawing a triangle on the ground. After the triangle is completed he will cast Supremacy of the Storm Icon Supremacy of the Storm, killing anyone that is not inside the safety of the triangle. It is very important that you jump to avoid the root from Static Cling Icon Static Cling and make it to the inside of the triangle to avoid dying to Supremacy of the Storm Icon Supremacy of the Storm.

2.3.1.

Loot from Normal

Item Required Level Item Type
Billowing Cape Icon Billowing Cape 81 Back
Captured Lightning Icon Captured Lightning 81 Relic
Gloves of Haze Icon Gloves of Haze 81 Leather Hands
Heart of Thunder Icon Heart of Thunder 81 Trinket
Leggings of Iridescent Clouds Icon Leggings of Iridescent Clouds 81 Cloth Legs
Legguards of Winnowing Wind Icon Legguards of Winnowing Wind 81 Plate Legs
Lightningflash Icon Lightningflash 81 Gun
Lunar Halo Icon Lunar Halo 81 Plate Head
Ring of Frozen Rain Icon Ring of Frozen Rain 81 Finger
Shadow of Perfect Bliss Icon Shadow of Perfect Bliss 81 Back
Thundercall Icon Thundercall 81 Gun
2.3.2.

Loot from Heroic

Item Required Level Item Type
Billowing Cape Icon Billowing Cape 85 Back
Captured Lightning Icon Captured Lightning 85 Relic
Gloves of Haze Icon Gloves of Haze 85 Leather Hands
Heart of Thunder Icon Heart of Thunder 85 Trinket
Leggings of Iridescent Clouds Icon Leggings of Iridescent Clouds 85 Cloth Legs
Legguards of Winnowing Wind Icon Legguards of Winnowing Wind 85 Plate Legs
Lightningflash Icon Lightningflash 85 Gun
Lunar Halo Icon Lunar Halo 85 Plate Head
Ring of Frozen Rain Icon Ring of Frozen Rain 85 Finger
Shadow of Perfect Bliss Icon Shadow of Perfect Bliss 85 Back
Thundercall Icon Thundercall 85 Gun
3.

The Vortex Pinnacle Quests

Starting in Cataclysm, dungeon quests are found directly inside the dungeon and have no quest chains required. This means you can simply queue up for the dungeon and grab all of the available quests inside without needing to complete long-winded, complicated quest chains! The following quests are found inside the dungeon:

  1. A Long Way from Home
  2. Vengeance for Orsis
4.

The Vortex Pinnacle Achievements in Cataclysm

Achievement Description
Extra Credit Bonus Stage Icon Extra Credit Bonus Stage Collect 5 Golden Orbs in a single visit to the Vortex Pinnacle on Heroic Difficulty.
No Static at All Icon No Static at All Completely avoid the Static Cling effect during the Asaad encounter in the Vortex Pinnacle on Heroic Difficulty.
The Vortex Pinnacle Icon The Vortex Pinnacle Defeat Asaad in the Vortex Pinnacle.
Heroic: The Vortex Pinnacle Icon Heroic: The Vortex Pinnacle Defeat Asaad in the Vortex Pinnacle on Heroic Difficulty.
Heroic: The Vortex Pinnacle Guild Run Icon Heroic: The Vortex Pinnacle Guild Run Defeat Asaad in the Vortex Pinnacle on Heroic difficulty while in a guild group.
5.

Changelog

  • 20 May 2024: Added page.
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